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#16421 pontcanna

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 04:18 AM

It’s been 20 years since Jesokah Adkens, 17, vanished without a trace

Times Colonist - 26 Sep 2021

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 Clayten and Jocelan Adkens, parents of missing Jesokah, in 2008, seven years after their daughter went missing.

Cars and trucks rumble by the faded memorial on the side of the winding highway into the village of Sooke.

Twenty years ago, this site on the shoulder of the road was a bus stop where blonde, blue-eyed, 17-year-old Jesokah Adkens was seen for the last time.

It would have been dark and quiet at that bus stop around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, with nothing around and long waits between buses. And Jesokah, who looked young for her age and was known to hitchhike, was alone.

She vanished without a trace.

It was Saturday before her parents knew she was missing. The teenager had recently moved into her own place but remained on good terms with her parents. Clayten and Jocelan Adkens thought it was unusual when they didn’t hear from her on Thursday. On Friday, Jocelan went to the house to check on her, but she wasn’t there. On Saturday, they talked to her roommate, who said she had not seen Jesokah since Wednesday.

Police immediately suspected foul play. Jesokah had left her backpack, identification and beloved German shepherd pup Daphne at her house. Money in her bank account was untouched.

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#16422 pontcanna

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 04:27 AM

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 07:28 AM

 

This is straight out of a horror movie. A family moved into an apartment building home to a sex offender. He murders the wife and child, inside his unit. This happened in Hinton, Alberta, east of the BC border half-way to Edmonton.
 
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More info on Robert Keith Major's background, via the Parole Board:
 
Three Parole Board of Canada documents from 2016 and 2017 show there were serious concerns about Robert Keith Major.

The board cited a 2013 psychological report that said he posed a high risk for impulsive behaviour and a high risk of sexually harming someone he deemed weaker than himself.

“The (psychological) report cites your repeated rationalization as a defence against insight, which suggests you have a limited awareness of the impact of your actions on others,” the parole board documents said.

The board also noted that Major was sentenced to three years, 10 months and 30 days for an offence in 2012, in which he took a toddler from a babysitter's care for an unsupervised walk and sexually assaulted the child.

“File information indicates that you admitted to being sexually aroused by this assault and that you stated that you committed the offence for 'the thrill of it,”' the documents said

The documents indicated that Major was charged with sexual assault in 2006 and sexual interference in 2013. The first charge was stayed and the other withdrawn.

In 2015, while serving a sentence for the sexual assault on the toddler, Major was accused of inappropriately touching another inmate.

“Reports note that you have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders, cognitive disorders, personality disorders, anti-social personality disorders, query epilepsy and low intelligence functioning,” the documents said.

They also said Major completed a national moderate intensity sex offender program in 2015. He worked closely with mental health nurses, attended church and connected with pastors.

“It was noted that the pastors were aware of your criminal history and welcomed you into the parish, offering you support.”

The documents said he was granted statutory release in February 2016, and some of his leave privileges were revoked in 2017.

The board said this week that it could not disclose Major's warrant expiry date, which is the conclusion of an inmate's sentence when he is no longer under the jurisdiction of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Major's next court appearance is Oct. 20.
 
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#16423 Spy Black

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 07:45 AM

 

It’s been 20 years since Jesokah Adkens, 17, vanished without a trace
 

 

More to this story than a simple "missing person".

This kid deserves the full force of the RCMP's investigative abilities in 2021... especially as there are folks in Sooke who (to this day) feel people still living in the area know what happened.

Sooke is a small town, and was very much a smaller town 20 years ago. 

 

A bit of Google searching will highlight some of the points in this case which frequently get left out in the retelling (at least in the mainstream press).



#16424 Mike K.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 08:01 AM

What more could there be other than getting picked up by someone with bad intentions, either while waiting at the bus stop, or actively hitchhiking while waiting for a bus?

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#16425 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 08:03 AM

she’s 17. could maybe resist an unknown person wanting to force her into a car. but someone known to her might be easier to prey on her

some theories on Reddit for sure.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 September 2021 - 08:03 AM.


#16426 Mike K.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 08:21 AM

This is the key point to remember:

”All the speculation about what happened to her throughout the years was sad. Everyone was trying to guess and point fingers at everybody… it affected the community,” she said.


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#16427 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 08:26 AM

if people didn’t talk (including - yes - speculation) a lot of crimes would go unsolved.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 September 2021 - 08:30 AM.


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Posted 26 September 2021 - 09:07 AM

Speculation, rumour-mongering, and gossip about alleged crimes are inappropriate at best. Here’s what can happen:

“In the aftermath, Popowich launched a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the Justice Department. In 2002, the government agreed he had always been innocent, apologized and paid a $1.3 million settlement.”

https://www.cbc.ca/r...cused-1.5074956

#16429 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 09:27 AM

There is a difference between saying “John Smith did this” and “John Smith has a history of that kind of behaviour and was seen that night near the crime scene”.

Nothing wrong with honest discussion.

I know some of you thought-police types would like to step up enforcement.

How do you guys think Willy Pickton was caught?

Luka Magnotta was tracked by amateur internet sleuths.

Police were lead to Bruce McArthur by an anonymous tip from a person speculating.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 September 2021 - 09:34 AM.


#16430 Mike K.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 09:33 AM

Police followed up hundreds of leads from people pointing fingers following the Adkens disappearance. It got police nowhere, but the town was worked up. The Reddit “theories” are just noise.

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#16431 Spy Black

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 12:52 PM

Technology has advanced law enforcements abilities to parse information out of the slimmest of evidence in 2021, certainly far more than it could have in 2001.

 

I stand by exactly what I posted ... this kid deserves the full force of the RCMP's investigative abilities in 2021 ... the towns "feelings" be damned.

It was likely the towns "feelings" that capped the search at 4 or 5 days after she was reported missing back in 2001... when in 2021 such searches typically go on for weeks, if not months.

 

That this was a local crime is pretty much a given, so the murderer still walks among them, and the evidence of what happened is likely still well within what we think of as Sooke today.



#16432 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 12:53 PM

I agree. Let’s step it up.

#16433 Mike K.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 07:23 PM

There is an active murder investigation from earlier this year, where a man was gunned down in West Shore RCMP territory in a moving vehicle with passengers in the vehicle who survived, and the police haven’t charged anyone with a crime.

A body of a woman was found in Beacon Hill Park earlier this year, and the killer is still among us.

A deceased man was found in Rockland two weeks ago. His murder is still a mystery.

Another man was found deceased a week later in Saanich, his killer still out there.

And you guys think that in 2021, the RCMP has some magic sauce that will solve a 20 year old missing person’s case that due to a near total lack of evidence could not be solved in 2001, just because it’s 2021, and Reddit users have some theories you think the police are unaware of?
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#16434 Spy Black

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 10:23 PM

You're making my point for me.

Lots of unsolved murders in the CRD, historically and recently.

 

The old "we don't have any clues" press release doesn't cut it in 2021.

(btw - I’ve never read Reddit in my life)


Edited by Spy Black, 26 September 2021 - 10:47 PM.


#16435 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 01:36 AM

There is an active murder investigation from earlier this year, where a man was gunned down in West Shore RCMP territory in a moving vehicle with passengers in the vehicle who survived, and the police haven’t charged anyone with a crime.

A body of a woman was found in Beacon Hill Park earlier this year, and the killer is still among us.

A deceased man was found in Rockland two weeks ago. His murder is still a mystery.

Another man was found deceased a week later in Saanich, his killer still out there.

And you guys think that in 2021, the RCMP has some magic sauce that will solve a 20 year old missing person’s case that due to a near total lack of evidence could not be solved in 2001, just because it’s 2021, and Reddit users have some theories you think the police are unaware of?

 

Don’t forget VicPD also killed one guy too. Nobody has been charged in that death.

And it might be a year or two before we know the name of the killer (unless he or she is charged it will never be released).

Not sure if the victim has been named either.

The police and the IIO are asking the public for information about that case. But wouldn’t releasing his name be useful so the public might provide more background on the man?

 

In May of 2018 police killed a man in Nanaimo.  The man was never named, and police were never named, and they were cleared.


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#16436 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:09 AM

Back in 2018 VicPD tasered a woman in the Songhees.  she died.  

 

https://iiobc.ca/app...th-2018-122.pdf

 

No media coverage except this from CHEK.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 September 2021 - 02:10 AM.


#16437 Mike K.

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 06:18 AM

You're making my point for me.
Lots of unsolved murders in the CRD, historically and recently.

I’m pretty sure I’m not, but ok :)

Best we can hope for is a confession. But that has little to do with police tech advancements.

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 06:21 AM

Don’t forget VicPD also killed one guy too. Nobody has been charged in that death.

And it might be a year or two before we know the name of the killer (unless he or she is charged it will never be released).

Not sure if the victim has been named either.

The police and the IIO are asking the public for information about that case. But wouldn’t releasing his name be useful so the public might provide more background on the man?

In May of 2018 police killed a man in Nanaimo. The man was never named, and police were never named, and they were cleared.


Don’t forget Buziak. The Internet solved that one long ago, but still no charges.

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#16439 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 06:31 AM

Don’t forget Buziak. The Internet solved that one long ago, but still no charges.

 

I know you are mostly joking, but the internet did shine a light on some shady characters at least in the periphery of that case.

 

Three of them are now dead too BTW.

 

Not sure that case will ever be tried in court but some people might have been put on notice thy need to behave.  I'm sure it has not been great for the real estate careers of some connected family members.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 10:38 AM

Investigation Ongoing After Officer Struck By Vehicle

 

Victoria, BC – A VicPD officer was sent to hospital this morning after he was struck by a vehicle in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue.

 

At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning a VicPD officer was on special duty assignment in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue to assist City of Victoria Bylaw staff. The officer was standing next to a police vehicle when he was struck by a driver of another vehicle who approached from behind. No additional officers were injured in the incident.

 

Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle at the scene of the incident. The man was transported to VicPD cells, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

BC Emergency Health Services paramedics attended and transported the injured officer to the hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Traffic in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue remains closed as this file remains under investigation.

 

If you have information about this incident, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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